As the Biden Administration closes the final door on the nearly two decades long War on Afghanistan in the Middle East, the Los Feliz Theatre Company earnestly presents “Junk Girls” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
January, 2007. Three young women – a Jewish punk-rock connoisseur from Michigan, an African-American combat photojournalist from Brooklyn, and a US Army casualty notification officer from Illinois – become stranded by a snowstorm in small-town Minnesota at the beginning of the bloodiest year of the war in Iraq.
“Junk Girls” is about the horrors of war, the terrible beauty of love, and the loneliness of being lost forever.
But, it’s also a play about how memories mix with longing and make the future a terrible place to die. It’s about life, it’s about death. It’s about listening to The Misfits while making TV dinners, Nat King Cole songs in dive bars and dying Christmas trees, the smell of Virginia Slims and erotic photos taken in an Army base, speeches by President Bush, children without mothers, dancing in airport bars and flag-draped caskets coming home.
“Junk Girls” is about hope without meaning and dreams without waking, and about finding hope in the ashes of America, and it’s also a comedy about getting the worst news of your life.
This production originated from the mind of Illinois playwright Mark Mason. Mark has worked in theatre for 13 years and has had productions of his work in Chicago, Los Angeles and his hometown of Joliet, Illinois. “Junk Girls” is directed by Alexandra Leigh, who formerly served in the Marine Corps fresh out of high school, and produced by Brie Carter – both active film and television professionals in Los Angeles.
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